Paul taught that faith alone saves so no one can boast of their works (Ephesians 2:8-9), yet he goes and boasts like there’s no tomorrow (2 Corinthians 11:16-33). Then he goes on to boast some more in the very next chapter (2 Corinthians 12) and claimed God gave him a thorn because of the abundance of revelations just so he wouldn’t be boastful or conceited. Three things are problematic here: (a) Paul claims to have many awesome revelations, but never writes any down in detail for the reader. Whenever heavenly visions are revealed to the prophet, the prophet would write down everything in detail with all imagery to reveal God’s message (e.g., Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Enoch, Apostle John and they were never boastful), but this was not the case with Paul, and (b) Why would God send a messenger of Satan to torment Paul if he had the Holy Spirit. This contradicts what John taught that God’s people are protected from evil (1 John 5:18), and (c) Why would Paul the very person who taught against boasting of works constantly boast and exalt himself EVEN AFTER he received a thorn in the flesh? Wasn’t that the whole point of the thorn.. to keep him from being prideful and conceited (2 Corinthians 12:1-7)?  Yet, he was writing this boast after he supposedly received the thorn. For someone like Paul to preach not to boast, yet fail to practice what he preached is hypocritical.

Paul boasted and elevated himself and claimed that he was not inferior to the super apostles (Peter, John, etc.), and says to the Corinthians that they should have commended him! Puffing himself up once again, but then he immediately adds he is “nothing” even though he just exalted himself (2 Corinthians 12:11). Then he boasts again of the mighty works of a true apostle (referring to himself) (2 Corinthians 12:12).

Paul constantly boasted of himself and was not ashamed of it. You can’t help but get a feeling from reading his epistles that he was very proud and focused on himself. I don’t get that same feeling from reading the epistles of the other writers like James, Jude and John because they didn’t make it about them.

2 Corinthians 7:14
14For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.

2 Corinthians 11:10
10As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

2 Corinthians 11:16
16I say again, let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.

James tells us that rejoicing in such boasting is evil. That is, not being humble at all. Yashua spoke many times in the gospel to be humble. James also admonished believers to be humble (James 4:10), which is in agreement to Yashua’s teaching.

James 4:16
16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Matthew 18:4
4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23:12
12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Luke 14:11
11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:14
14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

James 4:10
10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

You can sense the arrogance in his words in his first letter to the Corinthians. Saul constantly boasts and reaffirms his gentile readers his claim to apostleship, and on a couple of occassions with an oath which, in fact, was expressly prohibited by Yashua! In all but three of his letters, Paul proudly begins his epistles stating his apostleship unlike the other writers of the New Testament. Compare how the other New Testament writers start off their letters with those of Paul’s and you will begin to notice how proud this pharisee from Tarsus really was of his supposed calling.

1 Corinthians 9:1-2
1Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Scott Nelson1:

“No other epistle author in the Bible wrote like Paul. This would be true on a number of levels, but one aspect is of particular interest when we are considering how Paul views himself. He had a way of drawing attention to himself with his usage of personal pronouns. When it comes to how often he uses words like, “I”, “me”, “my”, or “mine”, the overall rate in his epistles is almost three times that of his next closest rival. There are a number of reasons why many scholars today believe Paul was not the author of the book of Hebrews. One obvious reason is, in the other epistles credited to him, Paul doesn’t hesitate to identify himself along with his supposed credentials. The author of Hebrews is strangely silent on these matters. Many scholars believe Barnabas was the author of Hebrews, but I think Apollos is a far better candidate… but that’s a different subject. The point is, no one knows for sure. But Paul certainly couldn’t be in the running as the author of Hebrews when one also considers the statistical rate of the personal pronoun usage. The author of Hebrews refers to himself only 9 times, which is approximately 1.3 personal pronouns per thousand words. To help put this in perspective, let’s compare the book of Hebrews to the book of Romans. They are both relatively large books of similar length, divided into 13 and 16 chapters respectively. Yet in only the first half of the first chapter of Romans, which is 16 verses worth, Paul uses twice as many personal pronouns as the author of Hebrews uses in his entire book! In the book of Romans, Paul refers to himself 103 times, which is rate of about 18.2 per thousand! That is 13x greater than Hebrews. In 1 Corinthians, Paul refers to himself 175 times, in 2Corinthians 103 times again, and in the relatively short book of Galatians, he refers to himself 69 times which is a rate of 25 personal pronouns per 1000 words!”

Paul was not only prideful, boastful and conceited, but hypocritical for teaching others not to boast while boasting of himself like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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